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The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) coordinates and supports the study of the Middle East, extending from Morocco to Kazakhstan, at the University of Chicago. Established in 1965, CMES has been supported by the Divisions of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Chicago and by grants from the U.S. Department of Education and the Mellon Foundation for more than forty years. Hundreds of graduates from the CMES M.A. program have gone on to impact engagement with the Middle East through careers in academia, government, and beyond.
The Chicago Center for the Study of Ancient Religion (CSAR) coordinates teaching and organizes major research projects at the University of Chicago and beyond. Its work rests upon the fundamental historical importance of religion in organizing and rendering intelligible virtually all aspects of individual and communal experience in ancient cultures. In giving expression to Chicago’s strengths in this field, the Center stakes a new and emphatic claim to the University of Chicago’s centrality in the study of the pre-modern world.
Chicago House, the Oriental Institute headquarters in Egypt, functions as a major center of Egyptological studies for Egyptian and foreign scholars alike, and is open from October 15 through April 15 every winter season. The research library, among the finest in Egypt, has more than 20,000 volumes. The Chicago House photographic archive is a major research collection containing over 21,000 negatives and 21,000 prints ranging in date from the late-nineteenth century to the present.
The Computation Institute (CI) was established in 2000 as a joint initiative between The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to advance science through innovative computational approaches.
At the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, our researchers come from the social, natural, and computational sciences, along with the humanities. Together, we pursue innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship, develop new educational programs, and provide leadership and evidence to support global, sustainable urban development.
The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society explores new possibilities for humanistic research collaborations at the University of Chicago. In its first six years the Neubauer Collegium has funded 87 interdisciplinary research projects, many of which bring research partners from institutions in the United States and abroad to address topics of global concern. More than 150 University of Chicago faculty from all Humanities and Social Sciences departments, all divisions and professional schools, have contributed to these efforts.
The Pozen Family Center for Human Rights at the University of Chicago supports innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives that critically explore the theory and practice of global human rights.
As the social impact hub at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation offers hands-on learning opportunities, supports innovative courses, and pursues research—all with the goal of developing people and practices with the potential to solve the world’s biggest problems.